Good Friday Blues presents two services

Events at House of James in Abbotsford raise money for Cyrus Centre

Good Friday Blues band member Byron Wiebe plays at the annual Good Friday Blues services at House of James in Abbotsford.

Good Friday Blues band member Byron Wiebe plays at the annual Good Friday Blues services at House of James in Abbotsford.

Two “Good Friday Blues” services in Abbotsford will raise money for Cyrus Centre, which provides programs and services for at-risk youth.

The services take place March 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the House of James (2743 Emerson St.), and include music, prayers and readings. The theme for this year is “tell the story.”

The Good Friday Blues band has been rehearsing since the beginning of February.

The band’s members are drummer Scott Currie, lead vocalist and guitarist Aaron Dawson,  vocalist and guitarist Daniel Wagner, bassist Chris Teichroeb, vocalist Benita Warkentin, harmonica player Byron Wiebe, and vocalist Angelika Dawson.

Angelika and her son Aaron spend the year gathering songs that fit the specific theme and genre.

“We’re doing more songs than ever this year, everything from Ben Harper and the Five Blind Boys of Alabama to Joe Cocker to Johnny Lang to Mike Ferris,” Angelika said. “We’ll bring back some favourites and we’ve got several originals as well.”

The Good Friday Blues services have raised thousands of dollars for Cyrus Centre, which has two locations in Abbotsford and Chilliwack.

For the last two years, a donor has agreed to match all contributions up to $2,500, a goal they’ve met each time. This year, they’ve been joined by other donors to bring the matching number up to $3,000.

Tickets are $5 and are available at the House of James. For more details, visit goodfridayblues.wordpress.com or houseofjames.com.

For more information about Cyrus Centre, visit cyruscentre.com.

 

 

 

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